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CPL (Combined Programming Language) was one of the earliest high-level programming languages designed between 1963 and 1967 by a team at the University of Cambridge. It was a precursor to other languages like BCPL and ultimately C. CPL wasn't widely used due to its complexity, but it introduced many features that became common in later programming languages, including recursive functions, algebraic data types and pattern matching in its type system. Although CPL itself is largely forgotten today, its influence can be seen in modern languages like Haskell and C++.

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